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Environmental fee for tourists gains ground, audit finds $2M discrepancy in Hanauma Bay funds, Maui mayor recall petition 20k signatures short, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Sunbathers on Hapuna Beach ©2021 All Hawaii News Proposal to charge environmental fee to come to Hawaii gaining support. There’s growing momentum for the idea of charging tourists an environmental fee to come to Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.Should Hawaii Levy a Visitor Green Fee to Protect Our Environment? The idea of a fee to raise money from visitors to fund conservation and environmental management programs that benefit visitors and residents alike has been simmering in Hawaii for some ...
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A list of claims sent out by Glenn Floyd, and my comments

This recent email by Glenn Floyd contains a comprehensive list of information – I haven’t had time to review it but had a look at one or two issues, and have provided comment. Time permitting, I’ll review the other arguments. My annotations/ comments in blue. I’ve tried to structure it but have simply run out […]
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The end of the road for a lovely old Tokyo bar

Japan’s many old school bars run by similarly aged owners are always a pleasure to spend time in. The trouble is, what makes them so special also means there’s the very obvious element of the clock ticking ever louder down to those final last orders. Of course some do carry on for a truly incredible number of years, but ultimately time can never be defeated. All of which rather sadly brings me to the little drinking spot below. In business for over 50 years, and the owner well into her 80s, it...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Japan, Food And Drink, Tokyo


The Panda Yum Cha, Macquarie Centre

If you're looking for a new yum cha place then make the trip to The Panda Yum Cha at Macquarie Centre. You'll find the usual yum cha classics in an unusually gorgeous setting. Is it worth the wait? Find out how you can avoid the 1.5 hour wait!
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GlobalFoundries investor Mubadala sees growth for semiconductor sector video

GlobalFoundries investor Mubadala sees growth for semiconductor sector The semiconductor industry is on track to record exponential growth over the next decade, according to the CEO of Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala, who said chipmakers are poised to play a “crucial” role in the global economy.“It took 50 years for the semiconductor business to turn into a half a trillion-dollar business. It’s going to take probably eight to 10 years to double. And it’s going to double right after ...
Tags: Travel, Abu Dhabi, Cnbc, Globalfoundries, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Mubadala, Hadley Gamble


#SaudiArabia Says OPEC+ Will Deal With Oil ‘Speculators’ - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia Says OPEC+ Will Deal With Oil ‘Speculators’ - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia’s energy minister warned traders against shorting oil prices, saying OPEC+ could react quickly to any fall in prices.OPEC+, a 23-nation group led by Saudi Arabia and Russia, decided on Dec. 2 to raise daily oil output by 400,000 barrels in January. But it kept the meeting open and said it would be able to reconvene at short notice to change course.“I call my friends every day, we chat and share notes,” Prince Abd...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Opec, Bloomberg, Riyadh, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Abdulaziz bin Salman, Bloomberg Saudi Arabia


Best Places to Live in Italy 2021: The Quality of Life Index

Trieste is the best place to live in Italy in 2021. Discover what other Italian provinces ranked in the top 25 of the annual Quality of Life index.
Tags: Travel, Living, Italy, Destinations, Trieste, Italy News, living in Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Quality Of Life Index, Culture & Living


Delta will stop flying to 3 US cities and cut 7 routes indefinitely as carriers continue to pull out of small markets — see the full list

Delta Connection Embraer 175 aircraft.Delta Air Lines Delta Air Lines is exiting three markets to small cities in Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska, citing low demand. The airline is also slashing service to four other airports, though will still fly to them from alternate hubs. The move comes as airlines continue to cut unsustainable and unprofitable regional routes.  Delta Air Lines is making changes to its domestic network and three small cities in the US are losing service from the carrier ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Minneapolis, Colorado, US, Trends, Atlanta, Indiana, Indianapolis, Wyoming, Delta, Nebraska, Lincoln, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas


HFTP and NCA Publish Resource: “Comprehensive Practices in Club Cybersecurity”

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) and the National Club Association (NCA) have partnered to develop a resource designed to provide members with a detailed guide on data and network security. “Comprehensive Practices in Club Cybersecurity” is a full-range report that helps club leadership identify cybersecurity risks, data regulation review, the tools to protect against cyberthreats, IT governance best practices, and response guidance in case of a breach.
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Oil eases on worries Omicron could reduce demand | Reuters

Oil eases on worries Omicron could reduce demand | Reuters Oil futures eased on Monday on worries that rising coronavirus cases around the world could reduce crude demand as new doubts emerged about the effectiveness of vaccines against the Omicron variant.Brent futures fell 76 cents, or 1.0%, to settle at $74.39 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fell 38 cents, or 0.5%, to settle at $71.29.The Omicron variant, reported in more than 60 countries, poses a "very high" globa...
Tags: Travel, World Health Organization, Reuters, Reuters Oil, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Rupert Neil Bumfrey


Safety Tips that will help you when Going Abroad for the Very First Time

If you are going abroad for the very first time, then you may feel like the whole experience is daunting. You may also feel like there’s not much that you can do to put your mind at ease either. That... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Developer Union Properties to elect new chairman and vice-chairman in a bid to exit latest troubles | Property – Gulf News

Developer Union Properties to elect new chairman and vice-chairman in a bid to exit latest troubles | Property – Gulf News The developer Union Properties has called a shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday (December 15) to elect a new Chairman and Vice-Chairman after federal investigations placed the previous chairman under a cloud.If the upcoming meeting does manage to elect a new chairman, it will be the second such change at the top in four years. Recently, federal authorities confirmed they we...
Tags: Travel, Emirates NBD, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Union Properties, Vijay Valecha, Century Financial, Developer Union Properties


Lower energy investment could spark supply crisis - #Saudi minister | Reuters

Lower energy investment could spark supply crisis -Saudi minister | Reuters Saudi Arabia's energy minister said on Monday that oil markets could face a dangerous period as reduced investments in exploration and drilling threaten to cut crude production by 30 million barrels per day by 2030.Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman al-Saud, speaking at a budget conference in Riyadh, also said that top oil exporter Saudi Arabia would be one of the few countries that could raise its oil production capacity in ...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Reuters, Riyadh, Abdulaziz, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud


Oil little changed as OPEC, governments weigh Omicron risks | Reuters

Oil little changed as OPEC, governments weigh Omicron risks | Reuters Oil futures were little changed on Monday as new doubts emerged about the effectiveness of vaccines against the Omicron coronavirus variant, though OPEC predicted in its monthly report that the variant's impact on fuel demand would be mild.Brent futures fell 22 cents, or 0.3%, to $74.93 a barrel by 11:25 a.m. EST (1625 GMT), while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fell 13 cents, or 0.2%, to $71.54.Both benchmarks post...
Tags: Travel, London, Opec, Reuters, Reuters Oil, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, PVM Oil Associates, Tamas Varga


#Israel, #UAE to establish joint research and development fund | Reuters

Israel, UAE to establish joint research and development fund | Reuters Israel and the United Arab Emirates plan to establish a joint research and development fund, the UAE's state news agency WAM said on Monday, citing a joint statement. The fund "will harness the leading economic and technological minds in the UAE and Israel, tasking them with finding solutions to challenges such as climate change, desertification and clean energy", said the statement, issued after an official visit by I...
Tags: Travel, Wam, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Uae, Reuters, Reuters Israel, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Israel UAE


Amadeus Data Alert: US Holiday Season Hotel Occupancy Already Ahead of 2019 Booking Pace | By Katie Moro

For the 2021 holiday season, warm weather destinations lead the top markets for hotel occupancy in the US. Across both weeks, seven of the top markets are common including destinations in Florida, Hawaii, and California, though ranking varies slightly.
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Most major Gulf stock markets rise as Omicron fears ease | Reuters

Most major stock markets rise as Omicron fears ease | Reuters Most major stock markets in the Gulf ended higher on Monday as investor appetite improved amid a growing view that the Omicron coronavirus variant may not cause severe illness.Saudi Arabia's benchmark index (.TASI) gained 0.5%, with Al Rajhi Bank (1120.SE) rising 1%.Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it expected to post its first budget surplus in nearly a decade next year, as it plans to restrict public spending despite a surge in oil...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Yemen, Gulf, Reuters, STC, Tasi, Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Saudi Telecom Company STC, Public Investment Fund, Al Rajhi Bank, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Emaar Properties EMAR DU


Bundled up my sister in law Armelle (Yann’s sister) and I walked a few miles along the Normandy coastline. We hadn’t planned it, we weren’t wearing hiking clothes nor the appropriate shoes as we were visiting a brocante then we went to a mussel farm and thought let’s walk back home from there (to my mother in laws place). Yann drive home and we walked. Chilly wind, blue sky, rough channel, wet sand and then a creek. We rolled up our pants kicked off our shoes… then I realized I had tights. I c...
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#Kuwait has made the least progress among Gulf states to address government wage bill - World Bank | Reuters

Kuwait has made the least progress among Gulf states to address government wage bill - World Bank | Reuters Kuwait has made the least progress among countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council to reform its wage bill, the World Bank's lead economist for the Gulf said on Monday."In Kuwait, they have actually increased hiring in recent years, and after the oil price drop [of 2014], they actually increased hiring from 15,000 a year to 25,000 a year which is almost a whole cohort," said the World Ba...
Tags: Travel, Opec, Dubai, World Bank, Kuwait, Gulf, Gulf Cooperation Council, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Radwan, Ismail Radwan


#SaudiArabia’s Wealth Fund Misses Domestic Investment Target - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia’s Wealth Fund Misses Domestic Investment Target - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia’s wealth fund invested only half of the $40 billion it planned to plow into the domestic economy this year to help drive diversification. The Public Investment Fund has invested 84 billion riyals ($22 billion) during the current year, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said in a statement after the government issued its budget for next year. The fund would invest more than 150 billion in 2022, he said. Previous...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Prince, Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Public Investment Fund, Yasir al Rumayyan, Bloomberg Saudi Arabia


#Saudi 'austere' budget outsources spending to PIF, leaves room for debt | Reuters

Saudi 'austere' budget outsources spending to PIF, leaves room for debt | Reuters Saudi Arabia will increasingly rely on its $450 billion PIF sovereign wealth fund to drive an ambitious spending push, keeping the government's books relatively clear while leaving room to increase debt if needed.The world's top oil exporter said on Sunday it expects to post its first budget surplus in nearly a decade next year by keeping a tight rein on the public purse strings while revenues roll in, boosted by...
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Oil fall as Omicron risks weigh | Reuters

Oil fall as Omicron risks weigh | Reuters Oil fell on Monday as new doubts emerged about the effectiveness of vaccines against Omicron coronavirus variant, though OPEC predicted in its monthly report that the variant's impact on fuel demand will be mild.Brent crude fell 54 cents, or 0.7%, to $74.61 a barrel by 1443 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 51 cents, or 0.7%, at $71.16.Both benchmarks posted gains of about 8% last week, their first weekly gain in seven."The major o...
Tags: Travel, London, Opec, Reuters, Reuters Oil, U S West Texas Intermediate WTI, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, PVM Oil Associates, Tamas Varga


The best 5 countries to live in if you're a freelancer

Singapore ranked as the best place to freelance in 2021, with a score of 7.35/10.Charlie Kwan/Getty Images Tide carried out a survey of 30 countries to find the best country to be a freelancer. Singapore ranked first, with the report noting the strong and fairly inexpensive internet there. The US ranked outside the top 10. Becoming a freelancer gives you the freedom to choose when and where you work. However, you might not always be able to find steady work. Depending on what you do and what ...
Tags: Travel, Google, UK, Australia, Singapore, US, International, Careers, Trends, Strategy, World Bank, Nordic, Singapore Singapore, Spain Spain, New Zealand New Zealand, Denmark Denmark


Must-Have Contactless Self-service technologies for outstanding Guest Experience | By Bogdan Romashko

Face-to-face communication has always been an integral part of the hospitality industry. And it seemed like this would never change. However, life is full of surprises, and new technologies never cease to emerge. They certainly affect all areas of our lives, even those least susceptible to innovation.
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I flew Aeromexico for the first time and wasn't impressed by the Mexican flag carrier's old planes despite seatback TVs and free-flowing booze

Flying Aeromexico from Mexico City to Tijuana, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/Insider Aeromexico serves as the flag carrier of Mexico and has close links with Delta Air Lines. Seat-back entertainment screens were found at every seat, a rarity on most US airlines, and alcohol was complimentary. But the aircraft seemed quite out of date and filled with tired-looking and worn seats.  Aeromexico is the flag carrier of Mexico and one of the country's largest airlines. Flying Aeromexico from Mexico C...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Air Travel, Mexico, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Tom Hanks, Flying, Mexico City, Delta, Aviation, Airlines


2021 Holidays in Waikiki/Honolulu

The upcoming holiday season is off to a nice start. Thankfully, there are many more things happening this year. As compared to the holidays in 2020, this year many more Oahu restaurants, bars and entertainment venues are open and with much more capacity, too. Our Waikiki Christmas guide is fully up to date. We anticipate some additions, but for the most part it’s ready! It it, you’ll find fun ways to see Santa in Waikiki, catch Christmas entertainment and see holiday lights. We also have a list...
Tags: Travel, Santa, Waikiki, Oahu, Waikiki Beach, Mele Kalikimaka, Oahu Events, Waikiki Honolulu, Hau oli Makahiki Hou


Omicron: Do travel bans work against new Covid variants?

The president of South Africa has criticised travel restrictions imposed after the emergence of the Omicron variant, and questioned the justification for them.
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Condor Hospitality Announces Plan to Delist From NYSE American Stock Exchange

Condor Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE American: CDOR) (the “Company”), incorporated in the state of Maryland, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a special dividend liquidation distribution of $7.94 per share of the Company’s common stock (the “Common Stock”), to its stockholders of record as of the close of business on December 27, 2021.
Tags: Travel, Maryland, Company, Condor Hospitality Trust Inc, NYSE American stock exchange


COVID-19 webinar summary: 5 key points on Benelux hotel performance, 3 December

Knowing you might not have time to watch our full webinars, we are pleased to continue our series of COVID-19 webinar summaries. In this latest edition, we talk performance in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
Tags: Travel, Netherlands, Belgium


Victory Hotel Partners Celebrates Healthy Year End Performance and Robust Development Pipeline with Hay Creek Hotels

Victory Hotel Partners announces six new agreements closed in the 4th quarter of 2021, since their acquisition of Hay Creek Hotels earlier this year, including an expansion of its portfolio of upscale independent hotels into the west.
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